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Everyone wants to have nice teeth that not only look great but are free from decay and disease as well. Even the most well maintained teeth can have unsightly blemishes or decay, and this is where seeking treatment from a cosmetic dentist comes in. Cosmetic dentistry covers a wide range of procedures related to the appearance of both teeth and gums. Deciding on which one is best for you will depend on the level of results you wish to achieve, and what options will best suit your budget.
Anyone can experience tooth discolouration, regardless of how often you may brush. This is more than likely the reason why teeth whitening is one the most common cosmetic dentistry procedures that cosmetic dentists perform. There are a variety of causes for stained or discoloured teeth including, beverages (such as tea, coffee, or wine), smoking, medication, or the natural aging process.
Patients who are interested in having the colour of their teeth restored to a healthy white have several treatments options available to them that can be done both in office or from home. Patients who are seeking immediate results can choose laser stain removal, which involves the use of a peroxide-based gel that is applied directly to the surface of the teeth; this gel is activated by a special laser. Laser teeth stain removal can in most cases by completed in about an hour, and the results are long lasting and dramatic. If you are looking for a less expensive option, most cosmetic dentists can provide you with a high quality home tooth whitening kit. Your dentist will be able to help you decide on which treatment will work best for you
If your teeth are in good condition but your gums are preventing you from achieving that beautiful smile, a cosmetic dentist can fix that too. A smile with an abnormal amount of gum tissue can make otherwise nice and healthy teeth look unsightly. Gum treatments can be performed on either a single tooth or several teeth. Uneven or abnormal gum lines are normally treated with a minor gingival tissue re-contouring or “gum lift” procedure to improve the appearance of your smile.
If you have chipped, jagged, or misshaped teeth, a cosmetic dentist can perform a tooth contouring procedure that can substantially improve the appearance of your smile. Tooth contouring often involves a common cosmetic dentistry technique that removes small amounts of tooth enamel (the tooth’s outer covering) to reshape the surface, or even length of one or more teeth. This process is usually combined with bonding, which uses a tooth-coloured composite material that can shape and sculpt the tooth. Although tooth contouring has the ability to greatly improve the look of your smile, it does have its limitations. Tooth contouring is normally meant to improve the look of mild to moderately damaged teeth; if your teeth are severely damaged and/or decayed you may have to consider dental veneers.
Improve your smile and your self esteem
Having stained and/or damaged teeth is not only unhealthy; it can make smiling in public uncomfortable, and even embarrassing. Many people avoid even looking into cosmetic dentistry because they believe that there will not be a treatment option they can afford, or that their dental issue is too severe to be repaired. Luckily neither of these assumptions is entirely true. Today cosmetic dentistry offers a variety of options that can not only correct virtually any level of tooth damage or decay, but can accommodate almost any budget as well. If you are unhappy with your current smile, contact a cosmetic dentist to discuss the options that are available – you’ll be glad you did!